April Showers Bring May Flowers - Ombre

Today I bring you the 6th design in this Spring challenge. I'd better get cracking or it will be Autumn before I complete it ;) This one is an "ombre", which is french for shaded. It translates in fashion to having a gradient of color from light to dark. I LOVE IT. Always have.

I used to be a purist when it comes to ombre on the nails, thinking every color had to be the exact same finish and perfectly gradiented (probably not a word, but I'm cool with the occasional made up word.) These you can see are not the same finish, ranging from slight pearlized frost to creme to shimmer and metallic. And I like it. Like it a lot :) I think it looks classy. I decided my final manicure will be an ombre with my very first attempt at stamping.

Here's my zoya line up: Christinna, Dove, Tao, Freja and Raven. The polish laying in front is Trixie which I used for the stamping you will see as you read further.

 Do you like my new system for polish swatches? I hate keeping them on the nail wheel, hard to keep track of, hard to compare, hard to organize by brand or by color, so I'm separating them onto individual sticks :D

 And here's my very first attempt at stamping. I used Zoya Trixie for the stamp and Konad m51. I only messed up the first nail (thumb) by not putting the stamp low enough on my nail.

Visit Rebecca's awesome tutorial on stamping. It really helped me get this one done :)

As always, I encourage you to check out all the other bloggers who are participating in the April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge!
Hannah (Our Creator) from Polished Prisms
Amanda from Mandy's Polish
Heidi from DIY Polish & More!
Katee from A Girl and Her Polish 
Charlotte from Charlotte's Nails
Tess from Football and Fingernails
Karine at Karinea0a
Sharon from What Color is My Coat?
Ashley from One Nail To Another
Dani from Rustic Comfort
Sue from Creative Nail Design by Sue
Amanda from Counting Down to Bliss
Kayono from Neues vom Kellerkind
Sarah from All This Polish
April from Munia's Nails
Sharra from The Blahg
Jess from Nearly Natural Nails
CR from Color Me Silly
T from Mami Blogs

I'm very happy to have new readers and I hope you enjoy!!
 Until next time,


  1. Before I even opened it, I said out loud "classy".

    1. Thank you Sue! I really appreciate you sharing that thought :)

  2. Ooh! I love this take on the ombre! It is definitely helping to convince me that the polishes don't have to all be the same finish.

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Sara

    1. Thank you Sara! Also, you have my second favorite name, Sara is my middle name! :)


    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check it out here: http://mandyspolish.blogspot.com/2012/05/versatile-blogger-award.html

    1. THANK YOU!! You are too sweet! I am really flattered :)

  4. Wow, do i love that manicure, even without the stamping -- great choices!

    1. Thank you. Something so simple and elegant about the non colored colors, right?

  5. Nice! I really like the stamping to tie it together.

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  7. I love this! Definitely have to try it sometime. It looks so classy :)

  8. Ohhh your ombre manicure is beautiful :) Keep it up! Love it!

  9. I absolutely love this, and your nails look amazing, with and without the stamping! I'm kind of loving Freja all of a sudden... :)

    1. You are very sweet! And you know what? I almost sent Freja back when I first got it. Now I love it :)

  10. I think that I am your biggest fan! Week after week, post after post you further surprise me. These posts are so inspirational to me :). I really like how the stamping brought the whole look together. Did you make the stamping pattern yourself? I love it!

    1. THANK YOU! Very sweet. Glad I inspire you :) The stamp is a Konad plate, I added the info to the blog post (I had forgotten to say which plate it was).

  11. This is my favourite ombre mani that I've seen!! I like how much the shades contrast each other, yet still look 'shaded'.


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